Upcoming Events for week of January 2, 2020


Gardner Valley School meet and greet

GARDNER/LA VETA/WALSENBURG — The Gardner Valley (Public Charter) School Board would like to invite the public to a Meet and Greet Ice Cream Social to hear about our school, opening in Fall 2020.

Three ice cream socials will be held: Saturday, January 4, 3 pm at La Veta Library; Sunday, January 5, 3 pm at Gardner Community Center; Saturday, January 11, 3 pm at Eagles Hall in Walsenburg.

If you are thinking of enrolling your child, we will have intent to enroll forms available. At the socials you will get to know us and be able to ask questions about the new charter school.


No service at Cuchara Chapel Jan. 5

CUCHARA — There will be no service Sunday, January 5 at Cuchara Mountain Chapel.
Regular Sunday services resume Sunday, January 12 with Rev. Eileen Ramsey and guest musician, Tom Munch.


Eagles January brunch cancelled

WALSENBURG — The Eagles monthly brunch held on the first Sunday of the month will be cancelled for Sunday, January 5. Watch the events page for changes in day and time for the spring brunches starting in February!


Free Yoga class at LV Yoga Studio

LA VETA — During January La Veta Yoga Studio will be offering a FREE Yoga class to new students. Vouchers can be picked up in La Veta at The Salon, Paradise Coffee, and La Veta Mercantile. Ask at the Counter. You can also get your FREE class by bringing this listing with you.

Classes are at the studio at 200 S Main Street in La Veta at 10 am on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday and from January 7 at 6.30 pm on Tuesdays. For more info please e mail Ruth at easeintopeace@gmail.com or call 415-233-2632.


La Veta-Cuchara Chamber meeting

LA VETA — The La Veta-Cuchara Chamber of Commerce (LVCCC) will be holding their first monthly meeting of 2020, January 9 at 8:30 am located at the La Veta School Library. We’d like to wish everyone a very Happy New Year and success in 2020.


LVPL movie matinee “Maiden”

LA VETA — The La Veta Public Library starts out the 2020 adult program series with the highly acclaimed movie “Maiden”. Join us Thursday, January 9 2 pm and view this film about 26 year old Tracy Edwards who was met with such resistance and sexism when she wanted to join the dangerous “Round the World” sailing competition that she formed her own all female crew. “Maiden” is a stunning, riveting film with 50 foot waves, icebergs and all the dangers of the sea. Don’t miss this real life adventure brought to you with free refreshments by the Friends of La Veta Library.


HCCC luncheon

WALSENBURG — The monthly Huerfano County Communication Coalition luncheon will be held Thursday, January 9, 12 pm at the Ambulance building meeting room, 326 Main Street. Find out what great things are happening in our community this new year and share what your group is planning for 2020. The lunch is free.


Huerfano Soup at La Veta Mercantile

LA VETA — The next Huerfano Soup at the La Veta Mercantile, sponsored by Bachman & Associates will be held Thursday, January 9, 6 pm. One dish + one vote + one passionate community = Huerfano Soup.

Huerfano Soup is a monthly community-based potluck where participants, through this micro-granting dinner, assist a variety of projects in Huerfano County. A potluck item and a $5 donation makes you eligible to vote on the evening’s presentations. As a diner, you will hear three five-minute pitches from community members who need funding for projects that are beneficial to the community. Enjoy the best $5 dinner in town with your friends, then choose the winning proposal to receive the evenings donations. Facebook Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/2505199456467359/


Martin Gilmore Trio at LV Mercantile

LA VETA — The Martin Gilmore Trio will perform Friday, January 10, 7 pm at La Veta Mercantile. The Martin Gilmore Trio (MG3) is a bluegrass and folk music group from Denver comprised of Martin Gilmore, Nick Amodeo, and Ian Haegele, their sound centers around acoustic bluegrass and folk music, but they stray into jazz, swing, country, and blues. They have toured all over the United States and Ireland. Tickets are $15 in advance or $18 day of show. To buy tickets go to: www.facebook.com/events/2538548726470922/


Delphine Ortega retirement celebration

WALSENBURG — After 37 years and meeting many wonderful people, both clients and co-workers, Delphine Ortega is re- tiring from the funeral industry. She and her family are celebrating Saturday, January 11, 4 to 8 pm at Eagles Hall. Please come and celebrate with them.



Senior Day at Books & More

TRINIDAD — Friday, January 3 is Senior Day at Books & More bookstore 132 N. Commercial St., Trinidad. Most items 50 percent off. Store hours 11 am to 4:30 pm.


Free EQIT program-register by Jan. 6

TRINIDAD — Beginning Monday, January 13, the Huerfano-Las Animas (HuLA) Counties Early Childhood Advisory Council, Trinidad State Jr. College (TSJC) and Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS), offer a no-cost professional development opportunity to the bi-county region. Expanding Quality in Infant Toddler Care (EQIT) Program is a FREE 16 week course offered to early childcare professionals, parent(s) and grandparents. This three-hour course will be held on Monday evenings from 6 to 9 pm at the SCCOG Early Learning Center, 1225 Rosita Ave, for 16 weeks. In addition to course work, it is recommended for students to receive at least two hours of coaching related to the course modules.

All regional childcare providers and those interested in childcare or the early development of a child from birth to age 5 are encouraged to attend. The course will include these six- teen classes, (3-hour modules): The Wonder of Infancy, Care of the Spirit, Responsive Care giving for Healthy Relationships, Our Partners, The Families, Cornerstones of Quality Care, Health, Safety, and Nutrition (two modules),The Power of Places and Space, Day to Day the Relationship Way: Curriculum for Infants and Toddlers, Exploring Early Learning, Learn- ing to Talk, Talking to Learn, The Joy of Discovering Literacy, Babies in Motion, Understanding and Respecting the Gifts of Culture, Welcoming Children with Special Needs, Making a Difference with Relationship Based Care, Celebrating Our Profession. In addition to the 48 hour direct class time, each participate will be offered mentoring or coaching to enhance their knowledge of the EQIT program and their skills.

Attendance is mandatory for completion of the program. Individuals completing the EQIT program will be awarded a certificate of completion from the Colorado Department of Human Services. The EQIT program is a partial fulfillment of Colorado State licensing education requirements specific to Early Childhood Teacher, Center Teacher, Center Director and Family Child Care licenses.

To inquire more about this program or register for the course, please contact Deb Hartman at (719) 845-0568 or Jennifer Sanchez McDonald at (719) 845-0463 by Monday, Jan. 6.


Canvas & Conversation

TRINIDAD —The monthly Canvas and Conversation at Mt Carmel Wellness Center, 911 Robinson Ave. will be Monday, January 6, 6- 8 pm. The cost for the class is $25 per person which includes art supplies, snacks, glass of wine and wonderful conversation! Call Patricia Duran at 719-845-4875 to re- serve your spot or email Patricia at pduran@mtcarmelcenter.org.


Hometown Pride Photo Contest

TRINIDAD — The City of Trinidad Tourism Board announces the Hometown Pride Photo Contest open to the public Jan 1 through Feb 29. For more information visit: www.visittrinidadcolorado.com


Pottery Course at A.R. Mitchell

TRINIDAD — Nava Ceramics and A.R. Mitchell Museum of Western Art will offer a pottery course Monday, January 6, to Wednesday, January 29. This is a four week overview of basic ceramic technique. The class meets twice a week on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6-8 pm.

* Week One: Hand-building instruction with pinch pots, coil construction and introduction to the Slab roller.
*Week Two: Slab building and Intro to Throwing on the Wheel.

*Week Three: Throwing cups, bowls, and cylinders with lids. Intro to glazing, carving and texture.
*Week Four: Glazing and surface decoration. Finishing touches and party.

Message from the instructor: “I have taught pottery for over seven years with Trinidad Arts Council. I am happy to be back working with the folks at the A. R. Mitchell to bring you a basic overview of the pottery and sculpture techniques I have to share.”

The cost is $200 for this four week course meeting twice a week. Clay will be available to purchase from the Mitchell and some tools will be provided. This is a fun and therapeutic way to spend the beginning of our new year! Contact me via messenger or email: loranavart@gmail.com
If you have questions or want to sign up.


Space to Create Trinidad info session

TRINIDAD — Please join Andrew Michealson and Lucas Koski from Artspace for an information session Tuesday, January 7, 6 pm at the Southern Colorado Repertory Theatre (SCRT), 131 W Main Street. Andrew and Lucas will present on the Artspace Trinidad Lofts and Space to Create Trinidad project. They will be providing insight on what it is like to live in an Artspace Project, give updates on the construction timeline and progress, as well as do their best to answer any questions the community may have about the project.

Note that if you attended the Info Session in November, this session will cover most of the same information. During our upcoming Information Session in February (event details TBD) we will present in greater detail the application process, income and rent parameters, unit types, and layout the roadmap & timeline from application, to applicant certification, to move in dates, and residency.


World Journal open house Jan 10

TRINIDAD — The public is invited to the World Journal open house Friday, January 10, 5 pm at our new Trinidad office, 137 N. Commercial Street. Come have a glass of wine and yummy treats and take a gander at some of the best original art in Trinidad. see ad page 12


Cappellucci Brothers at golf course

TRINIDAD — Come out to Trinidad Golf Course, 1417 Nolan Drive on Saturday, January 11, 6 to 10 pm for live music by local musicians. For more information call 719-846-4015.


Vehicle at Spanish Peaks Inn

GULNARE — The next live music and dance at Spanish Peaks Inn will be Saturday, January 11, 7:30 to 11:30 pm. The band Vehicle will perform. Spanish Peaks Inn offers live music, drinks, and dancing on most weekends.

Spanish Peaks Inn, 22590 CR 41.6, west of Aguilar, also offers Tai Chi, QI Gong and mindfulness every Monday at 2 pm; and line dancing every Wednesday, 2 to 4 pm. Dont forget Taco Tuesday and Friday night specials. For more information call 719-941-4288.


TLAC Chamber luncheon sponsorships available

TRINIDAD — The Trinidad & Las Animas Chamber of Commerce hosts a monthly luncheon every third Wednesday of the month. Each month we give a local business or nonprofit the opportunity to come share with the attendees about their business.

The 2019 sponsors have been TSJC, Trinidad Correctional Facility, Sangre de Cristo Hospice, Mt. San Rafael, SoCo Quick Clean, Wilklow & Associates, Veterans Memorial Committee, TSD-1, Mountain Liquor, Historic Trinidad Main Street board, and the Trinidad Triggers.

A luncheon sponsorship includes: Company logo on Event Flyer, invitation to event, and on Social Media; Opportunity to distribute company’s marketing materials to all attendees; Two tickets to attend the luncheon; Company logo on event signage; 30-minutes to promote your company; Admission includes discussion and networking/social hour. Spaces are limited and filling up quickly. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of a 2020 luncheon please contact the office for more information. TLAC Chamber of Commerce, 719-846-9285.



Sugarite lakes closed due to bad ice

RATON — New Mexico State Parks officials have closed both Lake Maloya and Lake Alice at Sugarite Canyon State Park because of bad ice as of Dec. 20. “We want to keep everyone safe, including park staff who might have to take part in any rescue or recovery,” said Park Superintendent Robert McIvor.

Both lakes are popular fishing destinations for rainbow trout, including some trophy-sized trout at Lake Maloya. “When we determine that the ice is thick enough to allow activities, we will announce that,” McIvor added.

Sugarite Canyon State Park encompasses 4,000 acres located six miles northeast of Raton via State Highways 526 and 72. The park includes 20 miles of hiking trails, two campgrounds, and the remains of a historic coal mining. For move information, call the park at 575-445-5607.


Raton Museum membership drive

RATON — Turn right into history! The Raton Museum located in the heart of Raton’s Historic District is just the place for you. Take a break from everyday life and explore the vast history of our amazing area and the people who made their place in it.

The museum is seeking new members to support this wonderful local treasure. A regular annual membership is $35; a Heritage membership is $75. Contact the Raton Museum, 108 South Second Street, 575-445-8979; or ratonmuseum@gmail.com or visit theratonmuseum.org or facebook, Raton Museum. Visit the museum during our winter hours: Wednesday- Sunday 10-4.


Senior center food distribution

RATON — The next Senior Center food distribution will be held Wednesday, January 8, 10 am – 3 pm at Colfax County Senior Center, 444 S 1st Street. Senior Boxes are distributed each month the Wednesday after the first Tuesday.


Art for Fun at the library

RATON — Join us for free art fun monthly at the Arthur Johnson Memorial Library, 244 Cook Avenue. The next Art for Fun will be held Thursday, January 9, 6:30 to 8 pm. RSVP is encouraged. Call for more information or to RSVP 575- 445-9711.


NA meetings in Raton

RATON — NA meetings are held every Monday from 7 pm to 8 pm at Mesa Church, 140 North 1st Street. Here’s what you can expect at your Narcotics Anonymous meeting. Opening discussion usually starts with a prayer and an introduction. During introduction, members will state their names and if comfortable, may also state a little something about themselves such as their addiction or the number of days they have in sobriety. Try to get to the meeting early so that you can meet with some of the members of the group early on. You might even find a sponsor during this time.

Make the most out of the meeting by asking as many questions as you have and being open and honest. If you can spend additional time to talk and mingle with other members of the group after the meeting, that will be good too. If you are an addict who is in recovery, you can attend closed sessions but if you are not an addict and simply want to take some time to experience a meeting, attending an open meeting is the best option.

For the best results and the greatest support, NA recommends that new members attend one meeting every day for the first 90 days—90 meetings in 90 days. Most meetings will have a single speaker and moderator and will focus on one of the twelve-steps of recovery, some include excerpts from the Bible too. Attending Narcotics Anonymous meetings regularly can help you to build bonds with other members of the group and you may progress through the twelve-steps with a better understanding of each. The end goal is to be in recovery and to become a sponsor who can help others who are in their early stages of the NA program.


Al anon meetings in Raton

RATON — Al anon meets every Thursday, 6 pm at Holy Trinity church, Rio Grand and Third Streets.


Start, Grow, & Revive Your Business final workshop of series

RATON — Ever dream of starting your own business? These hands-on workshops are for start-up entrepreneurs or business owners wanting to scale up. You’ll learn valuable skills and meet successful local business people. The final two workshops (and graduation!) will be held Friday, January 10 and Saturday, January 11 at Center for Community In- novation, 130 Park Avenue. The Friday workshops are from 6 to 9 pm, the Saturday time is 9 to 3 pm. The graduation celebration for the attendees will be held Saturday, January 11, 2:00 pm. Make plans to join us for a short presentation and cake! #GrowRaton.



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